Google Will Block Your Website If You Don’t Move To An HTTPS
Be warned: by the end of July 2018, Google Chrome will begin marking sites without HTTPS as non-secure. If you have not done so already, protect your visitors and your site with an SSL certificate and migrate to (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure).
– What is HTTPS?
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is an internet communication protocol that protects the integrity and confidentiality of data between the user’s computer and the site. Users expect a secure and private online experience when using a website. What you need to know is that HTTPS is a secure connection, whereas HTTP is unsecure. With a standard HTTP connection, it is possible for unauthorized parties to observe the data between your computing device and the site. Google encourages you to adopt (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) in order to protect your users’ connections to your website, regardless of the content on the site.
– What will you see if your site is not an HTTPS site?
As you can imagine this can be troublesome for customers approaching your website, because this may keep them from proceeding to your site.
– Why is this important to you?
An HTTPS connection adds a blanket of security over that conversation using an SSL/TSL protocol (Secure Sockets Layer and Transport Layer Security). This data is typically mundane, unless you are entering sensitive information such as your password, credit card information, or social security number on a website. The (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) connection encrypts data to prevent eavesdropping, protects the integrity of data to prevent corruption in transfer, and provides authentication to ensure communication only with the intended website.
– What Is Changing?
Currently, Chrome indicates HTTP-only connections with a “neutral indicator,” marked by an information symbol. Click it, and you’ll see a mild warning that “your connection to this site is not secure” and “you should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example, passwords and credit cards) because it could be stolen by hackers.”
HTTPS connections, in contrast, are marked by a lock symbol next to the word “Secure.” Click for more information, and you’ll see that the site is classified as secure and “your information (for example, passwords and credit cards) is private when it is sent to this site.”
– A Few Things to Know
- Migrating from HTTP to HTTPS
If you migrate your site from HTTP to HTTPS, Google treats this as a site move with a URL change. This can temporarily affect some of your traffic numbers.
Use robust security certificates
Use server-side 301 redirects
Verify that your fixed pages can be crawled and indexed by Google
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